December 12, 2012

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 03:27 PM

Nellie Leathers Brown

DURHAM - Mrs. Nellie Leathers Brown, 98, passed on December 9, 2012. She leaves to cherish her memory four sons, two daughters, 30 grandchildren, 73 great grandchildren, 36 great great grandchildren and one sister. 
Services will be Friday at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St, at 1 p.m. with visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Mary Evelyn Sasser Caton
November 11, 1910-December 7, 2012
DURHAM — Mary Caton, 102, of Durham, was promoted to glory December 7, 2012.
She was born in Wayne County to the late Maggie Phillips Sasser and Jasper Sasser.
She is survived by one daughter, Catherine Caton Earp and spouse, (Ronney); three grand-children; and two great grand-daughters.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 16, at 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army in Durham. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be given to The Salvation Army in Durham.
The family wishes to thank all the staff involved in Mrs. Caton’s care at Peak Resource Treyburn during the last few months of her life.

James Arthur "Jap" Davis
DURHAM - Mr. James Arthur "Jap" Davis, 83, of 631 Rippling Stream Rd., died Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Hock Family Pavilion. His service will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Louise Thomas Davis; five children, Robert N. Davis, James F. Davis, Antionne D. Bouknight, Darius L. Davis and Roderick D. Davis; and five siblings, Barbara Judd, Sarah Gilchrist, Carolyn Judd, Billy R. Judd and Elbert Lee Judd.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Peggy (Tootsie) Gibson
DURHAM - Peggy (Tootsie) Gibson, 77, departed her life on December 9, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Parker; son, Anthony Gibson; one sister and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m., with the funeral service on Friday at 2 p.m.; both services at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Glenna Martin Wilkerson
DURHAM — Glenna Martin Wilkerson, of Durham, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Covington, Kentucky on March 3, 1930, Glenna was the oldest child born to Benjamin Martin and Barbara Zimmer. She was a long-time resident of Louisville, Ky., and is survived by her sisters, Joyce Ginney and Patricia Schulten; and her half-brother and half-sister, Benjamin Martin Jr. and Cissie Lewis.
She was married to Thomas Wilkerson of Montvale, Va., who preceded her in death in 1978. Glenna is survived by their son, Victor Wilkerson, his wife, Gloria McBroom Wilkerson, and their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Wilkerson.
Glenna and Tom met while he was stationed at Fort Knox with the US Army. After their marriage, they moved to Germany, where Victor was born. The couple returned to the US soon thereafter, and resided in the Tidewater area of Virginia. The family later lived in Italy, India, England, and Wales for a number of years before once again returning to the US and living in the Houston, Texas area before returning to Roanoke, Va. Later on Glenna moved to Durham to be nearer to her son, daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter, Sarah. She called Durham home for over 25 years.
Thanks go out to all of Glenna’s friends and acquaintances for their thoughts and prayers, especially to Shelba Johnson and Anne Hughes.
The family is thankful for the thoughtful care provided by all those at the Duke Cancer Center, Duke University Hospital, Rose Manor, and Heartland Hospice, as well as at Durham Regional Hospital and Liberty Home Healthcare during this time.
Per her wishes Glenna is to be cremated. Arrangements for a memorial service are pending. In lieu of flowers it is suggested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Lydia B. Lindquist

STEM — Mrs. Lydia B. Lindquist, 68, died December 6, 2012 at Wake Medical Hospital. Mrs. Lindquist was born in Jamestown, NY the daughter of Evelyn Sample and the late Hugh Sample. Mrs. Lindquist retired in 2008 from Neuse River Dialysis in Oxford. She was a member of New Horizon Church and served on the welcome committee.
Mrs. Lindquist is survived by her husband, Gary T. Lindquist; four sons, Christopher Lindquist, Barry Lindquist (Amber), Kenneth Lindquist (Elaine) and Douglas Lindquist (Rebekah); daughter, Veronica Evans (Dave); a sister, Sue Barefoot; two brothers, Steven Sample and Tom Sample; 13 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Sample; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 15, 12 p.m. at New Horizon Church with the Rev. Leah Rade and the Rev. Jamie McDonald officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church. 
Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations made to New Horizon Church Christmas Offering, 100 Horizon Pl., Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

John Luchen Brockwell

HILLSBOROUGH - Mr. John Luchen Brockwell, 76, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Duke Medical Medical Center. He was educated in the Orange County Schools, a veteran of the Korean War, and retired from the City of Durham. 
Surviving are his wife, Shirley McCormick Brockwell; four daughters, Elaine B. Berry, Cedar Grove, Melissa B. Davis (Anthony), Mebane, Vicky B. Cox (Lee), Oxford, and Cindy B. Medlin (John), Hillsborough; one son, Michael Brockwell (Carolyn), Cedar Grove; 12 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and James W. Brockwell; two sisters, and 2 brothers. 
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday in Wayside Baptist Church by Pastor Brad Williams. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Walker’s Funeral Home.

James E. McLean
March 19, 1926 – December 10, 2012
CHAPEL HILL — James E. McLean, PhD, died on Dec. 10, 2012 at his home in Chapel Hill. His rich life spanned 86 years. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lee Kelsey McLean, PhD., associate dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences.
A child of the Great Depression, Jim grew up in South Bend, Indiana, where he and his younger sister, Janice, shared hardships that created a mutual caretaking bond that they maintained until her death two years ago.
Jim’s service in the Army Air Corps during World War II stamped his membership card in what has come to be known as the “greatest generation” and provided the GI Bill benefits that afforded him an opportunity to be the first in his immediate family to go to college. Jim took full advantage, earning an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas in the discipline of speech-language pathology. After obtaining his doctorate, Jim embarked on a teaching and research career at KU’s pioneering Bureau of Child Research that produced breakthroughs in the way that speech and language therapists provided evidence-based services to developmentally disabled children. Much of this work was done in partnership with his wife, Lee, at a state hospital for the developmentally disabled in Parsons, Kansas.
His teaching and research career might never have materialized if not for a serendipitous encounter. Jim and a friend were hitchhiking shortly after their release from the Army when an admissions officer from Park College offered them a ride. By the time they reached their destination, Jim was enrolled at the small Kansas City, Mo. liberal arts college where he met his first wife, Barbara Malan McLean, the mother of his two sons. The couple married in 1950 and transferred to Indiana University to complete their degrees. They divorced in 1971 but remained close until her death in 1989.
Jim was a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the recipient of its highest recognition, The Honors of ASHA. Only months before his death from congestive heart failure, he was nominated for ASHA’s most prestigious lifetime clinical award. His nomination by his friend of 50 years, David Yoder, chair and professor emeritus, Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC, and the many letters of support that flooded in from colleagues across the country greatly enriched the final weeks of his life.
Jim was a self-anointed “charming curmudgeon” who enjoyed hosting family gatherings, jazz, beach vacations, lingering conversations at the dinner table and being among the best-dressed men wherever he happened to be living. In a letter he wrote to Lee in 1989 with instructions not to open until his death, Jim provided options for how he would like to be dressed if family members desired a viewing. The letter specified details down to the color and pattern of the tie he preferred, evoking knowing chuckles from family members who traveled to be at his side in his final days. The letter went on to discuss the specific traits that he loved and admired in his two sons, James M. McLean, Topeka, Kansas and Thomas A. McLean, Parsons, Kansas, who continue the family tradition of rooting on Jim’s beloved Kansas Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse.
Other Kansas survivors include daughters-in-law, Teresa McLean and Deb Miller; grand children, Andrew, Katy, Ian, Neil and Ben McLean; and great grandson, Kendal McLean. Jim also leaves his beloved niece, Peggy Maracinni and her children, Stephanie and Michael, and his aunt Leah Scheid and her husband, Tom, all in California; and his brother-in-law, Ward Kelsey and his wife, Mary Ruth of Pittsburgh.
A celebration of Jim’s life for family and friends is being planned for next month. Charitable contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Southern Poverty Law Center, UNC Hospice, or Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Mark Vinson Thompson
HILLSBOROUGH — Mark Vinson Thompson, affectionately known as Bubba, passed December 3, 2012 at the home of his daughter, Chantell Thompson and four grandchildren in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
Mark is the son of the late Reverend Ervin and Mrs. Estelle (Vinson) Thompson of Hillsborough, graduated from Orange High School in Hillsborough, and attended LA Technical College in Los Angeles, California. He lived in Inglewood, California for nearly 40 years and moved to Baton Rouge in the last few months of his life to spend time with his daughter and grandchildren.   His life ended as a result of complications from multiple kidney transplants, and several years of dialysis.
The Memorial Service will be December 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. at New Birth in Christ Holiness Church at 4515 NC 86 North in  Hillsborough. Cards and flowers can be sent to: The Thompson Family at 300 NC 86 North, Hillsborough, N.C. 27278. 

John Wesley Jones

ROXBORO — John Wesley Jones, beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. He was 96.
A Person County native, he was born in the Timberlake area of the county. He was one of seven children -- the oldest son -- of John H. and Lula P. Jones.
Until a recent illness, he had lived in the Pine Lakes home he and his wife, Joyce, built in 1957. Joyce preceded him in death in 2003, and he had lived alone since then, being unwilling to leave his familiar surroundings, including his workshop, yard and garden where he had spent so many happy hours. John Wesley worked for Export Leaf Tobacco Company for more than 50 years, most of the time as a buyer on markets from Georgia to Kentucky. His favorite was the Roxboro market, and even after he retired, he would go down to the warehouse to see how the sale was going.
At the beginning of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and was a First Class Petty Officer. He served as an airplane mechanic, primarily in Corpus Christie, Texas. His service and patriotism were an inspiration to his granddaughter, Cera Tillett Benbow, who chose to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and is now a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
A life-long member of Brooksdale United Methodist Church, John Wesley served nearly every office in the church, faithfully attended the Key Taylor Sunday School class and sang in the choir, which was directed by his wife, Joyce.
He stirred stew, painted walls, put up Christmas decorations and did many other tasks with his dear friends and family at Brooksdale.
Surviving are his daughters, Harriett Tillett and husband, Ben of Roxboro and Ramona DuBose and husband, Alan of Raleigh; granddaughters, Cera Benbow and husband, Devon of Pensacola, Fla., and Christen Tillett of Roxboro; grandsons, Wesley DuBose and Elliott DuBose of Raleigh; sister, Emma Bailey Hicks of Burlington; numerous nieces and nephews throughout the country. He was very close to his extended family, including many cousins. Among them are Carl B. Jones and his wife, Peggy, who lived next door to John Wesley and Joyce for more than 50 years.
The family also wishes to thank the wonderful family who took such great care of John Wesley in his later years, allowing him to stay in his own home. They are Margie Loftis and her husband Earl; her daughter, Christie Carver and her husband, Jimmy Carver; and Christie's daughter, Stephanie James.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Brooksdale United Methodist Church by the Rev. Seong Il-Eom and the Rev. Charles Owen.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Zion United Methodist Church cemetery. Pall bearers will be Berk Jones, Johnny Bradsher, Tommy Carver, Tommy Humphries, Jimmy Carver, John Wood, Wesley DuBose and Stuart Hicks.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Brooksdale United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 614, Roxboro, NC, 27573.
Condolences may be sent to

Clarence D. Lee

NEW WINDSOR, NY - Clarence D. Lee, age 79, went to be with his Lord December 4, 2012 in New Windsor, N.Y. He was born in Durham to the late Richard and Minnie Lee. He was predeceased by his siblings, Richard, James, Angel Mae, and John Lee.
Clarence's life will be celebrated by his wife, Edie; son, Sean; siblings, Jesse Lee of Beaufort, S.C. and Barbara Lee Logan (Alphonso) of Durham, and family on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12 Noon at New Creation United Methodist Church, 201 S. Alston Ave. The family will receive friends an hour before the service.
Services entrusted to Ellis D Jones and Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at